This Notorious Rhode Island Cold Case Might Be Closer To Being Solved

It was the late summer of 1990 when this bizarre and tragic course of events began. Adam Emery was at a local food stand in Warwick with his wife Elena Emery and two friends when a car side swiped his vehicle. Something compelled an enraged Adam to follow what he believed to be the car responsible. Then things came to a head and both vehicles stopped.

The incident could have stopped here and the matter could have been sorted. Unfortunately, the worst occurred next. Not only was the pursued victim, a then 20 year old Jason Bass, not responsible, he was also completely unaware of why someone would be following him. With very little warning, Adam grabbed on to the side of Jason’s car and stabbed him to death where he sat in the driver’s seat in front of several witnesses.

After being found guilty of murder, Adam was controversially released until his formal sentence. The following day his car was found abandoned on the Newport Bridge with diving weights and other evidence suggesting a suicide. While the remains of Adam’s wife Elena Emory were eventually discovered nearby, Adam was never found and was assumed dead. Years later possible sightings and other evidence brought new light to the case and landed his name on the FBI’s most wanted list where it remains today.

Local station WPRI 12 discusses where the case is now and shares messages from the family in this powerful coverage.

Twenty six years later, questions remain, but officials are still in hot pursuit and using new techniques that could greatly help in locating Adam. State police and the FBI are working in collaboration and, for the first time ever, are using an age-enhanced photo to track down the convicted killer.



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